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Victor Luis Rivera- Violin - Viola

Victor Luis Rivera was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico in 1977.  In 1989, at the age of 12, Victor began to study violin under the tutelage of Deborah Dansby Wells as a member of the Deltona Middle School String Fever Program.  While continuing his studies with Mrs. Dansby until graduating Deltona High School in 1995, he participated in Volusia County's "All-County" orchestra and won the Florida Future Music Educators Soloist Competition.  This aided in later earning a position in the New England Symphonic Ensemble, which provided him the amazing opportunity to perform at the internationally famed Carnegie Hall. 

In 1992, Victor became Concertmaster of "Ars de Chiesa Orchestra" and Concertmaster of the Stetson Youth Chamber Orchestra under the guidance of Routa Kroumovitch at Stetson University.  He also began to study violin privately with Dr. Alvaro Gomez and received a scholarship to study at Stetson University. 
Victor Luis Rivera is a War Veteran who proudly served his country in the United States Army. 

After joining in 1996, he received multiple awards and commendations for his actions in and out of combat.  In 2003, as a member of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, he was a part of the liberation force which invaded Iraq.  Mr. Rivera later retired from military service due to injuries received in combat. 

Upon receiving his honorable discharge Victor resumed his studies under Dr. Gomez, and resumed his education earning an Associates of Arts from Daytona State College and his BA in Music from Rollins College with a focus in Violin Performance and Conducting.  In 2016 he earned his Masters of Arts and Teaching Degree in Music at Rollins College.

While attending Rollins, he was the Student Conductor for the Rollins Orchestra, String Ensemble, and Concert Choir.  Mr. Rivera has performed with many organizations in the Central Florida area, such as the Bach Festival Orchestra, Daytona Beach Community Orchestra, and Sabbath Strings.
Cheryl Peasley - Violin

Cheryl was born in Michigan, but grew up in Tennessee, where she started Suzuki violin lessons at age 10 with Orlo Gilbert at Southern Missionary College (Now SAU).  Soon enough she started playing solos for church and played in a quartet in 8th grade. Eventually she continued her education and music lessons on SMC, where she had the opportunity of been a member of the SMC Orchestra all through academy and college.  With this orchestra she traveled to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, playing under the direction of Orlo Gilbert.

She has a BS in Nursing from SAU and has work as a nurse in the Orlando area.

She is a proud mom of 3 adult children, a son and two daughters.

She is a member of the Maitland Symphony Orchestra for 7 years and we have the privilege to have her services now at Sabbath Strings.

Kevin González - Violin

Kevin was born in Palisade, New Jersey, not that long ago. He began studying music at the age of 9 under Professor Enoc Morrobel . Presently he is studying under Professor Victor L. Rivera.

Currently a student in Forest Lake Academy, he is involved, not only in music and academics, but in athletics as well. He had been a member of New Jersey Conference of Seventh day Adventist orchestra and presently with Forest Lake Academy Strings Ensemble and Sabbath Strings.

Kevin also employs his multiple talents to praise God in his local church, Deltona SDA Spanish, where his father works as Senior Pastor.

Eliezer Calvo- Violin

Eliezer was born in Santa Clara, Las Villas, Cuba in 1964.  His musical education started at 7 years old, with Prof. Ramona Arroyo and later with Prof. Rene de los Rios.

Soon after he became a student of Maestro Adolfo Guimbarda, Concert Master of "Santa Clara Symphony Orchestra".  At 19 he auditions and becomes a member of that orchestra. His academic education took place in "Marcelo Salado" and "Captain Roberto Rodriguez", two institutes in the same area.

Because of the political environment in the island and his decision not to be a member of the Communist Party, his opportunity to study in the universities were restricted.

In 1993, upon his arrival to the United States, he became a member of the "Ars de Chiesa" Orchestra and part of other musical ensembles in the Orlando area where he established his residence.

Eliezer is a businessman and entrepreneur in the printing industry with ample experience in the field. 

He lives in Apopka with his wife, and is a proud father of four kids, two of them adults and two young ones.

Julian Leighvard - Viola
Cameron Houmann - Cello

Cameron was born in Thousand Oaks, California in 1988. In 1993, his family moved to Central Florida, which since then has become his home base.

He comes from a family where music was an important part of life, as his father plays piano and cello, his sister plays the piano and organ, and his brother plays piano, cello, and guitar. Cameron's musical journey began at the age of 7 when he began taking piano lessons and the age of 9, he decided to take up the cello and began playing with the Forest Lake Education Center string orchestra.

Cameron continued taking cello lessons until 2005, during his junior year in high school. In addition, he played in the Forest Lake Academy string ensemble from 2003-2007, and played in the Southern Adventist University symphony orchestra for from 2007-2009, including a European tour to the Netherlands and Germany in 2008.

He served as a student missionary from October 2009 to May 2010 in Ethiopia as a music teacher for middle-school aged students. Upon return to the United States, he resumed his study of civil engineering and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Walla Walla University in 2013 and his Masters of Science in Water Resources Engineering from University of Central Florida in 2015. Cameron currently works as a project engineer for Donald W. McIntosh Associates.

After a 5 year hiatus, during which he finished school and got married, Cameron is thrilled to be playing regularly again and to have the opportunity to praise God doing so with Sabbath's Strings.

Frankie Collazo - Double Bass

Frankie was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.  He began studying music at the age of 14 under Mrs. Andrea Tobin during middle school. Presently he is studying under Professor Carvajal.

Frankie has been a member of the Piedmont Middle School and Wekiva High School Orchestra. As a member of the Wekiva High School orchestra he had the opportunity of participating at the Music Performance Assessment (MPA) where the orchestra won the medal of Superior Category in a competition of the Orange County Public Schools Orchestras. In 2012, Frankie participated in the Solo and Ensemble category where he obtained the Superior Medal for Excellency in Tone, Quality and, Rhythm.

Frankie also uses his talent to praise God as he performs with Forest City SDA church orchestra and with Sabbath Strings.

Frankie thanks God for all the blessings and talents he has been given at his young age and hopes to continue his musical career praising and glorifying His name.
Sabdiasep Rosado - Music Director and Pianist

Sabdiasep or Sabbath Day Seventh in Spanish. (Sab=Sabado, dia=dia, sep=séptimo)

Borned in Humacao, Puerto Rico in 1961, now residing in Orange City. He is a graduate of Universidad Adventista de las Antillas with a B.A. in Music Education. In addition he has some graduate studies from the Advanced Study Center of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and musical training from Riverside Community College in Riverside, California.

He served as a music teacher for 7 years in the Puerto Rico Public School System and has been Music Minister for Churches in California and Florida.

The piano is his principal instrument but he enjoys playing other instruments as well, especially his new love, the euphonium.

Sabdi works as a MIM technician for FloMet LLC in DeLand.

He is the musical director of Ars de Chiesa Orchestra & Program and is a chart member of Advent Brass Ensemble. For more information about his interests and other personal activities please visit his website:
Melanie Moore - Soprano

Born in 1982, Melanie was raised in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, and was surrounded by music since birth.

Although she has no formal musical training, she comes from a family with a strong musical background with musically inclined older siblings, cousins and uncles. In early years, she gained a deep love and appreciation for song. At the age of 2, she sang her first public solo, "El Arco Iris," before her church family. Throughout her pre-teen and teenage years, she frequently performed as a soprano soloist for school, town, and church functions, and also with such local vocal groups as "Zurishaddai," and "Melodies."

Melanie attended Universidad Adventista de las Antillas in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing in 2005. While in college, Melanie leant her vocal talents to the university's "Pro-Music Choir," and as well as the campus trio "Grace." From her childhood until now, she has been the feature soloist in numerous cities throughout the US, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. In 2003, won "El Festival de la Voz" in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Melanie's musical styles vary between traditional, classical, and inspirational Christian. Melanie believes that her rare vocal talent is a precious God-given gift, and seeks to use it to inspire and uplift others, and to continue glorifying the Creator.

Melanie currently resides with her husband Daniel Moore in Altamonte Springs, FL. She is a Labor and Delivery Nurse, Childbirth Educator and Certified Doula.

Etty Martínez - Soprano

Etty Martinez was born in the tropical island of Puerto Rico.  Her family moved to Massachusetts when Etty was only 11 months old.  She was raised in a musical family and was singing specials at church by the age of 5 years.  Etty moved to Florida at the age of 10 years and started singing in the Casselberry Spanish Seventh Day Adventist church at the tender age of 11 years.  She continued to sing with the choir through all of her teen years and into adulthood.  Etty received voice lessons while a student at Forest Lake Academy.

At the age of 18 years, she joined a Spanish Christian group called Nueva Creacion under the leadership of Dr. Osvaldo Garcia.  Dr. Garcia was also the choir director for many years and he was instrumental in helping her develop her talent.  Etty recorded a CD with Nueva Creacion and sang at churches throughout the state of Florida.  Etty has sung with other choirs, groups, quartets, including a women's quartet. 

Etty graduated with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Central Florida.  She has been blessed to be able to incorporate music as part of her therapy sessions.  She has been married over 20 years to her childhood sweetheart and their union has been blessed with 2 daughters.   

Lydia Capote-Roque (Gigi)  - Messo-Soprano

The middle sister of the well-known Capote sisters' trio, Lydia Esther Capote-Roque is the adaptable, full 2 ½ octaves range, all reliable and sweet singing voice that every musical group would like to have.

Born in Tacoma Park, MD in 1968, in the home of Professor Carlos Capote and Maritza Agostini she was taught, since her early years, to give all her talents to God, and she has done exactly that.

From the Kerysso group in the 1980s, CFC arts, One Mission, Beloved, Sabbath Strings, singing backup for her sister's recordings and soloist in multiple activities and ensembles, she has been a blessing as an ensemble singer as well as a soloist. 

Married for 21 years she is the proud mom of 2 daughters, 2 step children and 4 grandchildren.

We have the pleasure of having her talents in the worship service of Sabbath Strings.

Roy Brown - Tenor

Roy Brown, Jr. was born in Jamaica, NY into a family who has dedicated their lives to the service of God. From a young age he was taught to present his gifts and talents to the Lord as an offering. 

Growing up in Orlando he had the privilege of singing with Mt. Sinai's youth choir, including on the album they were blessed enough to produce. In college he sang with the Oakwood College Choir under the direction of Dr. E. Osterman which allowed him the opportunity to spread the good news during the 1990 GC session in Indianapolis, Indiana.

After moving to California for graduate school he was able to join the gospel choir "Another Peace", allowing him another outlet to share the Word of Christ in song. Highlights of his time with these talented group of voices included being able to share the stage with such award winning artists as Kurt Carr, Take 6, and Chaka Khan. Singing at the Crystal Cathedral as well as presenting the National Anthem at the occasional LA Clipper game was also a blessing he will never forget.  

Roy thanks God that with Sabbath Strings and Voices, he has been given another wonderful outlet with which to share the love of Christ.

Samuel González - Bass

Born in the city of New York on February 19 1960 in the home of Guarionex and Santy Gonzalez. The 4th of 5 children and the first to be born into the Adventist faith in his family.

At a very early age Samuel began to develop his love of music under the influence of his father Guarionex, who had been a noted singer/composer of popular music in Latin America during the 40s and 50s.

Samuel first sang in a mix vocal group called "Grupo Sarón" and later a mix quarted called "Alpha & Omega".  It was with these groups that he learned to love deep male vocal arrangements.

He moved to the Orlando area 1989, and from that time, he has been a Soloist and also a member of the Spanish Winter Park Choir and "Grupo Nueva Creación"

Samuel and his wife Nelly have been marrried for 11 years and they have a young daughter Lauren who is 9 years old and 2 daughters from his first marriage Naydalissette and Gloria.

When not singing with Sabbath Strings Samuel can be found teaching one of the adult Sabbath School classes at the Deltona Spanish SDA were his is an active member.

His favorite bible verse is Proverbs 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you says The Lord, plans to bless and not harm you, to give you hope and a future"

José Treto - Clarinet

A successful business person and an Electric Engineered by education, José started his music education in Cuba with the Professor Roberto Angulo.  When he emigrated to the United States played with different ensembles in the Florida area.  He is a member of the "Orlando Concert Band". 

We have the pleasure of having his talents in the worship service of Sabbath Strings.

Edwin Gerena - Flute-Ocarina

Original from Puerto Rico, Mr. Edwin is an outstanding and inspired musician and artisan.  For the last twenty-five years he has been creating and playing ocarinas for the benefit of many.  He resides in Central Florida since 2017.

We have the pleasure of having his talents in the worship service of Sabbath Strings

Former Players
Bryan Birmele - Cello - Guitar

Bryan Birmele was born in 1979 in Hyden Kentucky. After multiple moves around the world, he settled with his family in the Orlando Florida area in 1987.

Bryan started his musical training when his mother began teaching him the piano at three years old. At eight years old, Bryan began studying the cello at Forest Lake Education Center under the direction of Ben Gish. He continued to play with his school orchestra until he was 12 years old and his family took a one year transfer to Michigan. During this year, Bryan played with the Cadillac Symphony Orchestra. Upon returning to Central Florida in 1993, Bryan played the cello with the Forest Lake Academy orchestra until 1996.

At 14 years old, Bryan began playing both the electric and acoustic guitars. Self-taught with a passion for folk and blues rock, he has played multiple venues with friends and bandmates over the past two decades.

Bryan spent six years in the United States Air Force where he served as an analyst in multiple stations around the world. In 2001, he was charged with leading the cultural music studies for a class of 60 during a 63 week Korean language and cultural studies course.

Bryan has an Associate's degree in Communications Application Technology, a Bachelor's degree in Management/Marketing and a Master's degree in Business Administration.

Bryan currently works as an independent government consultant and lives in Apopka Florida with his Wife Ashley, Son Anakin and Daughter Ysabella.
Maya Cleavenger - Violin

Maya Inman Cleavenger is a native Floridian with a curiosity to move elsewhere.  She started studying violin with Rhonda Burnham at Forest Lake Education Center and continued with Rhonda for twelve years during which she became a student teacher of one-on-one lessons for elementary aged students in Suzuki method. 
She received honors in music, in the first violin section, an award for excellence in orchestra, and an academic scholarship.  She continued to teach one-on-one lessons, joined the Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra, and took lessons from Diane Kosarin.  That year she also purchased the love of her life, a dark colored violin, which is not too bright and not too mellow. 

This year marks the seventeenth year of Maya teaching private lessons part time with the Precious Jewel Children in the middle of her week makes for such a joy.  She played with the Maitland Symphony Orchestra for several years.    I'm told she has an off-center sense of humor.
Imani Lherisson - Violin

Imani was born in the state of New York, not that long ago. She began studying music at the age of 10, during middle school under Mrs. Clara Knots. Presently she is studying under Professor Victor L. Rivera.

Currently an Ivy student in Deland High School, she is involved in not only academics and music but in athletics as well. She is also a member of the FSYO Philharmonia Orchestra.

In addition Imani applies her multiple talents to praise God in her local church, Patmos SDA, in Winter Park, FL.
Maidolly Stout - Cello

Maidolly was the first offspring of the Stout family.  She was born in Havana, Cuba in 1977.  In 1980, her family migrated to the USA. 

Her father, a professional violist, was her first teacher and tutor in the family ensemble, group made up by her mother in the piano, one sister in the violin, one in the flute, one in the clarinet, the father in the viola,  and Maidolly in the cello. 

Coming from such a musical family created in her a meticulous sense and passion for music.  That passion found a bigger way into her life during her teen years,  when she started participating in diverse musicals ensembles in and out of school in the places were her family had live. 

Maidolly attended ECC and finished her AA in Music Performance.  Afterward she received additional music training at USF. 

She has worked as a teacher and as an office manager. 

She lives in Longwood with her husband, Victor M., and their two children and maintains a private teaching program.

Stephen "Sven" Cauley - Tenor

Stephen "Sven" Cauley, father of three lovely children, was born in Miami, Florida in 1979 as seventh child out of nine.  Rather than going into baseball or football, like his siblings, he fell in love with music and theatre, where he was taught by both Barbara Giffin and Rachel Clifton in his earlier years in performance.

Early on in his career, he decided to combine his two interests and was very active in the world of Musical Theatre. He started strong by landing the role of Raoul in 'The Phantom of the Opera' and then never stopped for a moment to catch his breath after that. Some of his numerous following roles were Action in 'West Side Story', The Dentist in 'Little Shop of Horrors', Nicely Nicely Johnson in 'Guys and Dolls', Marc Anthony in 'A Chorus Line', Mordred in 'Camelot', and most recently Dr. Parker in 'Batboy the Musical'.

After enjoying his like as a musical actor, Stephen met his wife, Rie Ikeda, and soon moved to Japan to live with her there. As Musical Theatre was not as big in Japan as in America, he took up teaching and decided to get into oratorio singing which was much more appreciated there. While living in Japan, he grew into the oratorio concert performer life and learned to love it, having held numerous concerts there ending with a huge joint concert with Opera Soprano Yuko Motani before deciding to move back to the United States and try to finish up his vocal training so as to someday become a voice and choir teacher.

Once back in the States, he took up lessons with Dr. Norton Christeson, who helped him to refine his technique to the oratorio style. Under his tutelage, Stephen has won many awards including, 'Best Vocalist' at Daytona State and also received a performance award during the Winter Symposium of 2011. He continues to sing professionally for groups that hire him out for diverse services, most commonly performing in Handel's Messiah every christmas and is also attending Rollins College to further his understanding in musical education and to perform as much as he can in the process.
Aaron Carlson - Violin, Viola

Aaron holds a  Bachelor of Arts degree in violin performance from Rollins College in Winter Park Florida, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He began music lessons at seven years old. First was guitar, then piano, but violin was the choice all along. He started violin lessons at the Mankato Suzuki School of Music taking private and group lessons. Many public performances were usual in recital and at nursing homes.

His ongoing studies are with Gilbert Stemm of Orange City Florida, a student of Joseph Gingold. While in college Aaron studied many disciplines in music including singing, conducting, and composition. He was privileged to play multiple solos with the string ensemble for such events as the fund raiser gala for the Mennello Museum of American Art at the Ritz Carlton of Orlando, the Winter Park Art Festival, and Rollins college performances.

Aaron has been active in many local civic orchestras, encouraging his students to take part as well. He plays with the Daytona Beach Solisti Chamber Orchestra; also with various quartets and other ensembles. He teaches violin throughout Volusia County and in Seminole and Orange counties.

Deborah Roquiz - Violin

Dr. Deborah Roquiz came from a family of physicians who loves to perform music. 

Ms. Roquiz earned her undergraduate's degrees from Andrews University and her medical degree from Loma Linda University.  She possesses a strong sound and a versatility that comes from her experiences playing in a variety of ensembles; from her own family trio to orchestras all around her educational endeavors.

We have the pleasure of having her talents in the worship service of Sabbath Strings.
Dwayne Gordon - Violin

Dr. Dwayne K. Gordon came from another family of physicians who loves to perform music. 
He was born in Loma Linda, California and earned his medical degree at Loma Linda University. He went on to complete an internal medicine residency at Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio.  

His clever good humor, missionary spirit and great violin technique enrich and elevated our quality as ensemble.  It is our privilage to have his talents in the worship service of Sabbath Strings.
Dannielle Lopez - Violin     Adrienne Lopez - Viola
Leslie Mixon - Oboe

A native Floridian, born in 1981, Leslie Mixon has grown up with a strong passion for music. She began piano lessons at the early age of five. After realizing she had a strong talent for music her parents enrolled her under the direction of Dr. Peter Matthews where she not only acquired the appreciation for music but it also gave her a desire to try her hand at other instruments. Her parents gave her a violin prior to her 8th grade graduation. She took lessons for a short while simultaneously picking up the flute played by her older sister. She enjoyed tinkering with both however still desired something unique and challenging. Just before entering high school Leslie decided that the oboe would be the perfect challenge! She began studying under the talented direction of Sherwood Hawkins of Rollins College where she developed musical technique and filled that desire to play a unique instrument.

Leslie played the oboe with the concert band at Forest Lake Academy from 1996-2000 and then with the symphony orchestra at Southern Adventist University from 2001-2002. 

Taking a break from her musical studies, Leslie pursued a degree in Communicative Disorders at the University of Central Florida and completed her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Now a wife, mother of two precious little ones, and a business owner, she still finds joy and meditation through music. Leslie plays with Central FL Community Arts, an orchestra, and with small groups for seasonal and formal performances. Playing with Sabbath Strings allows her to lift her talents in praise to God and share His love with others through the ministry of music.
Carolyn Jensen - Violin - Viola

Carolyn Jensen was born in Galveston, Texas.  She began studying piano and violin in the fourth grade and participated in school music programs until high school, at which time she played in the Galveston Civic Orchestra.  Music lessons also extended to organ and voice, and she served as church organist throughout her high school years.

In 1963 Carolyn went to Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska to study music.  At that time, there were no violas in the orchestra.  She switched to viola and found she loved the instrument.  She served as first chair viola in the orchestra, sang in the choir, and continued organ lessons; in 1968 she graduated with a BS in Music Education with emphasis in voice.

After college, music was an outside interest for several years, as she married Ron Jensen, who was teaching music in the Portland, Oregon area.  She began teaching music in 1974 and taught for one year.  Then she expanded her teaching certification to include English, which she continued teaching until the spring of 2014 when she retired from teaching at Forest Lake Academy.

Highlights of her music career include having her own music studio, singing in The Advent Singers in Portland, Oregon, participating in the Newbold College summer Music Festival in England, singing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in a choir of 300 members with the Atlanta Symphony under the direction of Robert Shaw, serving as organist for numerous churches, playing in the Maitland Symphony, and singing in the Forest Lake Church choir and praise team.

She and her husband, Ron, continue to participate in music organizations.  They have one daughter, Ronnamarie, who is a professional violinist and is the mother of two boys, ages 5 and 1.